AFTERWARD

After the night at the party, Ino and Shikamaru were quite obviously inseparable. Ino was lightly institutionalized for a very short while, as she was nonetheless a cutter. She was released promptly as she clearly had no depression issues after all the drama in her life ended. Since then, she and Shikamaru have gone on numerous dates (none in the park!), making up for the lost time they spent trying to slam each other in order to simply win the other over. Neji and Tenten are now awaiting their first child, and have already chosen Ino and Shika to be the godparents. At the moment, Ino and Shika will just kick back and enjoy their lives as they had wanted from the start. Oh, and Temari and Alberto? Three words. Married, four kids. Need I say more? Bottom line is, in other words, Shika and Ino have achieved the perfection they had been looking for, and left the past issues behind. Stupidity and all.

(E-mails)

Ino-

Hey. Meet me in the park?

-Shika


Shika-

The park? No hard memories, right

-Ino


Ino-

Of course not. We just need to talk.

-Shika


Shika-

You mean that as in "we need to renegotiate or relationship" kind of talk?

-Ino


Ino-

Oh, no! Well, in a way, only not the way you think…I mean more like a special talk…er…special question…er, just meet me there ok, and you'll see.

-Shika

...If you can't guess what Shika means, then maybe you're stupid (pun intended!)!